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Tesla’s Model 3 hit with bad brake review

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Tesla’s Model 3 has had its braking time criticised, but that hasn’t robbed it of its momentum

It’s been a bumpy week for Tesla’s Model 3, a vehicle beset by production delays.

A recent review from Consumer Reports showed that the Model 3 suffered from braking problems in the 60-0 mph test.

Consumer Reports said: “The Tesla’s stopping distance of 152 feet from 60 mph was far worse than any contemporary car we’ve tested and about seven feet longer than the stopping distance of a Ford F-150 full-sized pickup.”

Motor Trend, on the other hand, was able to stop over 119 feet in a test from 2017. This was using 19-inch sports rims.

Consumer Reports also found flaws with the Model 3’s wind noise and touchscreen inputs.

The announcement took a bite out of Tesla’s share price.

Elon Musk admitted on Twitter that the Model 3 suffered from braking issues, but that a prompt firmware update could fix this.

Consumer Reports has promised to retest its Model 3 after the update. “If Tesla can update the brakes over the air – an industry first – we’d be happy to retest our Model 3,” said Consumer Reports director of automatic testing Jake Fisher.

In performance news, Tesla stated last week that its Performance dual-motor Model 3 is 15 mph faster than the non-performance dual motor model, clocking in at 155 mph. It features quicker acceleration too, going from 0 to 60 mph time in 3.5 seconds, a whole second faster than the dual motor model’s 4.5 seconds and 5.2 seconds for the Model 3 rear-wheel-drive.

However, he has also said that they might just be able to squeeze a little more performance out of the Model 3.

Consumer Reports wasn’t completely negative in its review. It said that its range, handling and acceleration made it a competitor to performance-oriented cars such as BMW’s 3 Series and the Audi A4.

In sales news, the Model 3 has outsold the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class in California over the first quarter.

Tesla has claimed that the Model 3 is on the cusp of becoming the best-selling mid-size premium sedan in the US.

Bloomberg has estimated that cumulative production of the Model 3 has hit 30,000. It is currently operating at a production rate of 3,500.

Production for this quarter (which still isn’t over) jumped just under 10,000 last quarter to over 17,000.

However, there will be a halt in production at the end of this month, which is scheduled to last for six days and knock out 3,000 cars worth of production.

There is still a fair distance from the 5,000-unit-per-week target Tesla has set before it will start shipping the US$35,000 base model of the Model 3. Even then, you’ll still have to wait three to six months after that.

Tesla still has over a month to reach this goal, as it aims to hit in July.

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